York has traditionally held many great festivals dating right back to Medieval times. Throughout the year York hosts different festivals including something to suit most age groups and sexes. Here we profile the festivals you can expect to enjoy throughout 2014 in York.
30th Jorvik Viking Festival 2014
The Jorvik Viking festival will be held this year from the 15th to the 23rd February beggining in Coppergate Square where a re-enactmnet of a Viking battle will kick off a week of festivities. There will be a Viking Longship on display plus a great story telling tent where visitors can learn about all things Viking!
On Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th fights between the Coppergate Vikings and the Anglo Saxons will take place at The Eye of York. Its a great family show that kids will really appreciate. There are Viking lectures to attend, a wonderful festival folk music concert, landscape tours and much more for visitors to enjoy. More details are available at the event website.
York Half Marathon
The York Half Marathon takes place on the 19th January and is one of the most popular races on the calendar. The race is organised by York Knavesmire Harriers with the route passing through Bishopthorpe, Acaster, Appleton Roebuck, then back to the racecourse. Its a flat but gruelling run, while it appreciates any support or help from visitors and citizens of York alike.
York Residents Festival
This festival is organised by York Council in conjunction with Visit York in appreciation for the sterling work the citizens of York put into entertaining its visitors year on year. The weekend runs Saturday 25th Sunday 26th January and is open to all York residents who hold a valid York Card. Cards can be found at the library where there is a charge of £3.
York residents wont want to miss out on the many attractions features and exhibits of the residents festival, while entry to behind the scenes places is one highlight certain to fascinate.
York Literature Festival
This years Literature Festival runs from 20th to 31st March and is a celebration of the spoken and written word. Music and poetry will figure highly this year, while poet laureates and local plus national writers will be in attendance. The Literature Festival also runs family themed events, while visitors can take a guided literary walk around the streets of York if so wished.
York Pride will be held on the 21st June this year with the third York Pride parade traversing through the cobbled streets of York prior to entertainment kicking off that includes live music, acts, stalls and all kinds of diverse activities to entrall and entertain.
This fun but important event in the LBGT calendar has grown year on year attracting more and more visitors as it popularity grows. Visitors who are looking for a fabulous day out must make this event a must see!
York Festival of Angels
The Festival of Angels takes place mid December with dates for 2014 not yet released. The streets of York are transformed into a real winter wonderland with stalls, street entertainers, ice sculptures and of course the obligatory snow!
The festival is the place to visit if you are looking for that unusual christmas present, while live demonstrations of ice sculpture creation are a must see! Why not get your Christmas 2014 off to a festive start by visiting York's superb Festival of Angels.
Every Autumn York is lit up by its Illuminating York Festival. Visitors are guaranteed a celebration that is unique illuminating the sights of this historic city by the use of state of the art lighting along with many attractions, concerts by candlelight and even chocolate tasting in the dark.
Dates for this year have yet to be released, while checking for dates at the Illuminating York website is advised. Last year Clifford's Tower was a sight to behold lit in a wonderful way showing the beautiful architecture of this historic building. Artwork by Ross Ashton and Karen Monid was projected onto the tower and the hill on which it was built telling the story of three Viking Kings.
We are certain the Illuminating York Festival will be just as exciting in 2014 as it has been in past years therefore recommend visitors don't miss out on this unique event.